J.K. Rowling Has Published Six New Harry Potter Stories
Everyone knew J.K. Rowling would be publishing a new Harry Potter story this week, but we didn’t know that she would be publishing six new stories.
A whole set of short stories has appeared on the author’s Pottermore website, including the earlier announced one about Dolores Umbridge.
If you have a subscription, you can read them on the website, but one is also available exclusively at Today.
The story about Dolores contains some interesting tidbits, especially the paragraph explaining how she sides with Voldemort at the conclusion of the books.
“When the Ministry was taken over by the puppet Minister Pius Thicknesse, and infiltrated by the Dark Lord’s followers, Dolores was in her true element at last. Correctly judged, by senior Death Eaters, to have much more in common with them than she ever had with Albus Dumbledore, she not only retained her post but was given extra authority, becoming Head of the Muggle-born Registration Commission, which was in effect a kangaroo court that imprisoned all Muggle-borns on the basis that they had ‘stolen’ their wands and their magic.”
And the best details from the other stories,
On Professor Trelawney: Her marriage “ended in rupture when she refused to adopt the last name Higginbottom.”
On Thestrals: They are apparently carnivorous but “reward all who trust them with faithfulness and obedience.”
On the Ministers of Magic: “Albert Boot (1747-1752): Likable, but inept. Resigned after a mismanaged goblin rebellion … Basil Flack (1752): Shortest serving Minster. Lasted two months; resigned after the goblins joined forces with werewolves.”
On Wizarding names: Sirius Black’s extended family has a tradition of naming “their offspring after stars and constellations (which many would say suggests their lofty ambition and pride.)”
On Azkaban: Here Rowling makes the Guantánamo Bay parallels more explicit than ever: “No Minister ever seriously considered closing Azkaban. They turned a blind eye to the inhumane conditions inside the fortress … Most justified their attitude by pointing to the prison’s perfect record at keeping prisoners locked up.”